Ancient Rome is one of the first origins of the scarf, where it was used to keep clean rather than warm & stylish.
It was called the “sudarium” which translates from Latin to English as “sweat cloth” and were used to wipe the sweat from the face and neck in warm weather. They were originally worn by men around their neck or tied to their belt. The scarf became a real fashion accessory by the early 19th century for both men and women.
By the middle of the 20th century scarves became one of the most essential, and versatile clothing accessories for both men and women.
Celebrities have often led fashion trends with film props such as scarves subsequently becoming mainstream fashion items.